Senate Passes Health Care Bill
December 24, 2009
After twenty-six days of debate, the Senate has passed its version of the health care bill. From November 20 when the debate started, the debate lasted 165 hours. Ninety-five senators took part. Senators Baucus, McCain, Durbin, Alexander, Coburn, Barrasso, Gregg, McConnell, Crappo, and Grassely were the senators who spoke the most times during the debate. The final vote took place on Christmas Eve. The entire debate can be followed on the Congressional Chronicle
Glitch in C-SPAN Posting of 2002 Senate Session
December 21, 2009
C-SPAN Video Library content created prior to 2003 was originally captured on two-hour VHS videotapes which were later digitized for permanent storage in our archives. This process is occasionally susceptible to small errors that can occur at top-of-the-hour tape changes.
An example of this type of error was discovered in the digital online file from the US Senate floor proceedings of October 10, 2002 at noon ET. During this session, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) twice objected to requests from other senators (Mark Dayton D-MN and Robert Byrd D-WV) to extend their allotted speaking times. Both of these requests were recorded by the Archives in real time; however, Sen Dayton’s objection was not captured by the digitization process and therefore was unintentionally excluded from our online file.
We have re-digitized and re-posted this particular Senate session directly from the original analog tapes The clip with both objections appears below along with a link to our Congressional Chronicle archive of the entire Senate session for that day.
The C-SPAN Video Library contains over 150,000 hours of public affairs content, much of it re-digitized from earlier analog tapes. There will be glitches, and as they are identified, we will correct them. We appreciate the assistance of our users in bringing any issues to our attention so that we can continue to build the value of this free public service.
Discussion of Senate Rules
December 17, 2009
Viewers trying to follow the Senate debate on health care will learn a lot about Senate rules and procedures from a recent Washington Journal call-in. On Thursday, December 17, John Bresnahan from Politico was our guest. He discussed the nature of the Senate and the rules which are affecting the Senate health care bill. On Wednesday, December 16, an objection by Senator Colburn required the reading of an amendment by Senator Sanders until Sanders withdrew the amendment over objections from Republicans. Watch this call-in for a primer on Senate rules.
Q&A Airs Every Weekend
December 14, 2009
C-SPAN’s Q&A interview program airs every weekend on C-SPAN. It can be watched on C-SPAN every Sunday evening at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific time. Q&A is an interview program with authors, documentary producers, and policy leaders.
The Video Library has 271 previous Q&A interviews online. They can be easily found by selecting Browse from the top menu and then selecting the Q&A series from the left menu. A new program is added weekly following its airing on C-SPAN.
Senate Debates Health Care
December 4, 2009
The Senate has completed four days of debate on health care this week and is preparing for weekend sessions on Saturday and Sunday. In four days, the Senate has debated health care for thirty-three hours. During these days through Thursday, December 3, thirty Senators have spoken. Seventeen of these have been Democrats and thirteen Republicans.
As the debate continues, follow the daily debate through the Congressional Chronicle where you can easily see the sequential speeches, back-and-forth debate between Senators, play the individual speeches, and read their remarks from the Congressional Record.